Trinity Episcopal Church welcomes Rev. Marcure

Trinity Episcopal Church welcomes Rev. Marcure

SCITUATE – The Rev. Johanna Marcure is the new rector at Trinity Episcopal Church.

Joined by her husband, Rabbi Joe Murray, and high school freshman daughter Leah, she said she has felt welcomed by a vibrant, active parish.

“They’re incredibly faithful and dedicated. Their love of God and love of the church is evident in almost everything that they do," she said. "And there’s a level of excitement, I think, for the community, and people seem to be very excited to have a new spiritual leader and are curious about what we are going to do and how we are going to do it."

Coming from her position as a rector of Grace Episcopal Church in Syracuse, N.Y., Marcure said, “God was calling me away.” She said she learned a great deal and grew while in service to the community there.

While at Grace Church, Marcure’s work in the Grace Project, an outreach ministry working with male at-risk incarcerated youths, brought about the end to the use of solitary confinement of imprisoned youth in Onondaga County.

“I believe people really want to be involved with a community that’s effectuating positive change in a community,” she said.

Sitting behind her desk in the basement of the church, Marcure said she wants to use whatever tools she can to reach the community.

“That sense of life that’s present here, how can we uncover that for the community around us so people can see it,” she said.

She said she’d like to use Trinity’s strength and vibrancy to build on outreach, and let the community uncover what’s happening at the church.

“They’re in a really good position to be able to focus more on those ministries so people in the North Scituate and surrounding areas really see and experience the work they’re doing and would naturally either begin to participate in those ministries and step more fully into the life of the church,” Marcure said.

In a private service during her interview process with Trinity, Marcure, who enjoys using arts in worship, asked members of the congregation to create an image of what the Cross of Jesus means to them.

“The feeling I took away from that was that they were a malleable group of folks who were delighted in each other and it was a nice sense of community,” she said. “That’s one of things that was so appealing to me about coming here to Trinity was the community.”

Scott Fraser, the church's senior warden, said the congregation is “very excited” to start a new year. Fraser is a member of the vestry and helped to find a new leader. He said part of the call for a new spiritual leader was finding someone who was going to do things differently.

Trinity sought a new leader for 18 months, from when The Rev. Pam Gregory retired last year following 18 years of service, according to Fraser.

Following a national search, the Marcure family came to the church for a three-day visit.

“We can all be on our good behavior for an hour or so, but you got to see the warts and all,” Fraser said of the extended visit.

“But we also got to see how the candidate operates and interacts with staff, parishioners and people in the local markets.”

Marcure, originally from the Berkshires in Massachusetts, said the transition from the city to a rural community is a welcome change of pace.

“There is a slower, dare I say, civilized pace of life here which is really kind of refreshing, so I’m really enjoying it,” she said.

In the upcoming year, Marcure plans to work with the congregation to make sure every decision is made with understanding and consent from the church.

“I’m still at the point where I’m not quite sure where we’re going to step off into ministry in the community, yet," she said. "But I think over time as I find my way around and I see where the gifts are here in the community, and the passions that is here, that we’ll make some decisions about meeting those needs in the community."

Marcure holds office hours at Trinity Episcopal Church at 251 Danielson Pike, North Scituate, Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and said she’s open for “folks to walk in and have a conversation.”

Comments

I wish the Reverend the best of luck in her new church community. As a member of her former church community at Grace Episcopal in Syracuse, and a lifelong resident of Syracuse, I want to stick up for my hometown and its residents. In this article when she is speaking of the differences between a more urban Syracuse and the community of N.Scituate, she refers to the latter as more "civilized". From all of us in Syracuse, please do know that we are quite civilized-- we love each other and help out our fellow men and women in any way we can. Civilized is in part defined as "polite, well-bred, well-mannered, refined". Dare I say, the fine people of Syracuse--and certainly from the Reverend's former church community at Grace Episcopal, a community with a long, rich history of acceptance and openness and social justice-- meet the very definition of a civilized society, at least in my book.